Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences courses for 2022

Single Honours

At Bristol you will be taught by renowned research scientists and clinicians in outstanding facilities. We offer state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, well-equipped lecture theatres and a specialist library.

Our aim is provide you with an environment in which you learn to think like a scientist, developing critical and analytical skills that are highly valued by employers in the field.

Why study Biomedical Sciences at Bristol?

Our BSc Biomedical Sciences course is flexible. After the common first year, in which you will study units from across the subject, you will choose from a variety of optional units, allowing you to pursue your interests as they develop.

Lectures are at the forefront of knowledge about the mechanisms of human health and disease. Our teaching reflects our research, much of which aims to translate laboratory discoveries into clinical application.

Laboratory sessions underpin learning in the first two years. Online resources, designed at Bristol, help you prepare for practical classes by demonstrating concepts and experiments through animations, videos and pre-lab quizzes.

Tutorials and workshops provide opportunities to improve your communication skills, strengthen teamworking and gain confidence in data handling and interpretation.

Your academic personal tutor will follow your progress and will be available to give you advice and support throughout your time at Bristol.

What kind of student would this course suit?

You will be well suited to this course if you are interested in human health and disease and the biomedical sciences, including biochemistry, cell biology, cancer biology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology and virology.

The course will also appeal to you if you enjoy practical laboratory and project work. There are also project opportunities for those who prefer reading and exploring a specific subject in depth or who would like to teach.

We welcome applications from those of you also applying for medicine and those who wish to go on to graduate entry medicine.

How is this course taught and assessed?

First- and second-year units involve lectures, tutorials or workshops, laboratory practical sessions and independent study. There are opportunities for group work and to present a topic in detail.

Assessment occurs throughout the year and includes essays, data-handling exercises, oral presentations in tutorials, laboratory practical write ups, and pre-lab and post-lab unit assessments.

You will also take written exams during the January and May/June exam periods.

The final year includes research project work, which you will write up as a dissertation. You will also take advanced lecture units, which are assessed in final exams.

What are my career prospects?

Many of our graduates go on to pursue a PhD or MSc as the first stage of a career in biomedical research. Other graduates find employment in industrial, academic or clinical laboratories or choose to use their transferable and problem-solving skills in non-scientific careers. A significant number of our graduates go on to study medicine.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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